To close out the month of April Japanese fans have a great show to look forward to. The show, "Kamikaze 3" is one of those rare Japanese domestic shows that has fans around the world talking about it due to the very, very interesting main event that pits Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto against former Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida. That fight, for many, is the big selling point and the reason why so many, especially in the US, are so interested in the contest.
As well as the Heavyweight bout there is also a Japanese Lightweight title fight between defending champion Yoshitaka Kato and challenger Yuhei Suzuki.
These two bouts, or rather the 4 fighters from those two bouts, adorn the poster with the Lightweight fighters given the top of the poster whilst the Heavyweight pairing take up the bottom part of the poster with the show details taking up the middle portion of the poster. Although it's not the best poster ever it is a good one and makes the two fighters everyone is talking about the clear the clear visual of the poster. Clever job by the promotional team.
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The final Asian show of this past week was a small Kanmon show held at the Kaikyo Messe, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. The show it's self didn't look great on paper and we don't imagine it would get much attention if we named the headline fighters but the show does look pretty interesting for those fans of the Japanese domestic scene.
As for the poster it's pretty average. Half of the poster shows the fighters half seems to be an advert for various things, very odd really though we can at least under-stand how the show was paid for.
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Inter-continental cards are amongst the most interesting and this Saturday we have two of them. One of them sees Richie Mepranum challenging for the WBO and WBA "super" titles at Flyweight whilst the other one, this one, is just two old fashioned non title bouts, or at least non-major title bouts.
One of the fights features Mexico's Julio Ceja taking on Filipino Ranel Suco in what looks like a bit of a mismatch. Ceja knows a win will help him secure a world title fight with someone like Shinsuke Yamanaka and Suco is there to be little more than the the fall guy.
Although we see the Ceja/Suco bout as a mismatch we do think the other major bout is brilliant. This one pits Jessica Chavez against Tenkai Tsunami in what is a rematch of a hard fought contest from last year. Tsunami has a criminally misleading recording and could well give "Kika" Chavez an incredibly tough contest.
As for the poster it's one we like, it features all the main fighters, including Lourdes Juarez in the middle. It may not be the most interesting poster but it's certainly not a bad one either and for the name of the show, Puños de fuego en Polanco, (Fists of fire in Polanco) we like it, a lot.
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Although many fans are really, really excited about the Cruiserweight title bout on Friday we're actually more excited about the action the following day in Mexico.
With two Mexican shows of interest on Saturday it's clear which one stands out and that's the show which features unified Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada defending his belts against Filipino Richie Mepranum.
Dubbed "El Gallo En Casa" the show not only features the brilliant Estrada/Mepranum fight but also a contest between the always fun to watch Hernan "Tyson" Marquez and John Mark Apolinario.
As for the poster it's a pretty interesting one but not a great one. The poster does feature the two big local fighters but no images of the travelling Filipinos which in turn makes it obvious the visitors are being brought in to lose. This makes us want to see the upsets though we do realise they are unlikely.
Oddly the poster almost makes it look like Estrada will be fighting Marquez a little weird we need to admit though we do still like the background and informational. Good but not great effort.
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When it comes to rematches there are few as highly anticipated amongst hardcore boxing fans as Denis Lebedev's rematch with the controversial Guillermo Jones. The men dragged each other through hell when they fought last year before an exhausted Lebedev was finally halted and this time around we'd not be hugely shocked if the same happened again.
Both men are big, strong, powerful Cruiserweights and although the division isn't the "sexiest" division it's been one of the most exciting over the last few years. With that in mind we'd be genuinely shocked if this fight was anything but thrilling.
As for the poster it's an interesting one. At first glance you see the fighters and the number "2" but there's more to it with the slight subtle things the poster has. The fire in the middle for example could be the burning desire for victory an for redemption whilst the near pitch black background could be a lead into the fact that their first bout was so controversial and clouded in conspiracy theories.
Whether we are right or wrong with the symbolism we've got to admit we think it's an interesting poster for a very interesting fight.
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After the excitement of yesterday's world title fights that saw Shinsuke Yamanaka retain his WBC Bantamweight title and Hozumi Hasegawa fall short against Kiko Martinez we come back down to earth with a typical domestic card.
This show, at the Korakuen Hall, features 7 fights in total and the highlight amongst them is the 8 round main event featuring the OPBF ranked Tetsuma Hayashi fighting the very experienced Thai Samransak Singmanasak.
Unfortunately the poster tells you more about this show than perhaps anything we can say. It's a low level card where the main event fighter stands out and only that and the chief support bout really have any sort of significance. That's not to say it'll be bad but it certainly isn't a show that will catch the attention of many fans, especially not after the action of the day before.
Interestingly it's one show that certainly doesn't live up to it's billing.
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The big highlight of this coming week in the boxing world is on Wednesday as the Castle Hall in Osaka plays host to a world title double header.
The show's first world title fight will feature former 2-weight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa who will be attempting to become Japan's second ever 3-weight world champion as he battles Kiko Martinez for the IBF Super Bantamweight title. Following the Hasegawa/Martinez bout we then get to see Japanese MVP and current WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka taking on Belgium's Stephane Jamoye.
Although there are other bouts on the show the poster is dedicated to these two fighters who are easily the draws for the show which is pretty much a sell out.
Whilst the poster is focused on the two world title bouts, which was always going to be the case, the background is also striking. It's gold, looks classy and makes you think that this show is important, which it is. It's not the best poster but it is one that looks like it's for a high quality show.
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This coming Sunday is an alarmingly busy one in Asian boxing. Sadly most of the fights are poor though the one that does genuine stand out is in Acty City, Hamamatsu and sees Roli Gasca fight against Yuta Horiike. That fight, the headline bout of this card dubbed "Nishito Boxing Hour: Rise in the World is genuinely making our tummies tickle a little bit.
In total the card features just 7 bouts though with that particular contest we'll admit it's the show we're most looking forward to in Japan this weekend.
As for the poster we like the focus it's giving to the main event Horrike is the focus but Gasca is given a fair amount of space himself. It's a dark and moody poster and although it looks perhaps a little solemn we do expect it'll catch the eye of plenty of fans.
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One of the shows this coming Sunday is this remarkable Mushima show which features a trio of Japanese ranked fighters in action. It's those 3 fighters,
Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine, Cyborg Nawatedani and Koki Tyson Maebara that made up the header of the poster with Nawatedani's baby face taking up the centre.
At the bottom of the poster are the other fighters from the show in what actually looks like a fun poster and a fun show.
With 11 bouts scheduled for the show we're sure fans at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka will have a great time and although the poster doesn't guarantee it we don't imagine many will be too upset by the show.
As for the poster it tells us what the show is, highlights the main fights and tries to sell on the fact 3 ranked fighters is in action. It's not amazing but's a solid enough effort if you ask us.
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We've got to be honest it's hard to imagine a time when two world ranked domestic fighters get in the ring together and we're not excited but this weekend's Senrima Boxing Festival is one such occasion as Teiru Kinoshita shares the ring with Shingo Wake in a public exhibition bout that is being used to keep Kinoshita sharp.
Unfortunately the Kinoshita/Wake contest is about the only on on this show even mildly interesting and Senrima seem to know it leaving Kinoshita as the key man on the poster
Unfortunately for the poster it's self it looks really cramped down the bottom and misleading at the top with Kinoshita apparently fighting in an 8 rounder. TBH we're not fans of this one at all.
(Poster courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.